Leaving the Abyss: A Phenomenological Study of Women Recovering from Alcoholism

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/150969
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Presentation
Title:
Leaving the Abyss: A Phenomenological Study of Women Recovering from Alcoholism
Abstract:
Leaving the Abyss: A Phenomenological Study of Women Recovering from Alcoholism
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2003
Conference Date:July 10-12, 2003
Author:Brewer, M. Kathleen, PhD, RN, CNS
P.I. Institution Name:Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University
Title:Associate Professor
LEAVING THE ABYSS: A PHENOMENOLOGICAL STUDY OF WOMEN RECOVERING FROM ALCOHOLISM<P> The purpose of this Phenomenological study was to describe women's experiences of recovery from alcoholism and to identify the contextual factors that foster or hinder their recovery processes. Criteria for participation were: women self-identifying as recovering from alcoholism; aged 25 years and older; able to converse in English; and abstinent from alcohol use for a minimum of two consecutive years. Eleven women (7 Caucasians, 3 African-Americans, 1 Native-American Indian, 8 heterosexuals, and 3 lesbians) were recruited through purposive sampling from the self help groups of Alcoholics Anonymous and Seculars for Sobriety. Data were collected through individual interviews which were tape-recorded and lasted about 45 minutes. The interviews were transcribed verbatim and analyzed using the constant comparative method. The women ranged in age from 32 to 76 years old and had been in recovery from 2 to 37 years. Ten of the women were employed and one woman was retired. Analyzed data revealed the emergence of the following themes and subthemes: Living in the Abyss (subthemes of Hitting Bottom, Experiencing an Epiphany, Accepting the Disease of Alcoholism); Leaving the Abyss (subthemes of Making a Commitment to Recovery, Struggling to Maintain Sobriety, Dealing with Stigmatization); Maintaining Recovery (subthemes of Working a Program of Recovery, Recognizing Triggers to Relapse), and Living a New Life (subthemes of Experiencing Inner Peace, Believing in Self). Knowledge from this study may be used to inform nurse clinicians, nurse educators, and nurses involved in public policy decisions about the experiences of recovery for alcoholic women. In addition, women in recovery may be able to use the information to help them in their recovery process. <!--Abstract 12671 modified by 207.69.171.159 on 9-17-2002--></P>
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
10-Jul-2003
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleLeaving the Abyss: A Phenomenological Study of Women Recovering from Alcoholismen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/150969-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Leaving the Abyss: A Phenomenological Study of Women Recovering from Alcoholism</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2003</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">July 10-12, 2003</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Brewer, M. Kathleen, PhD, RN, CNS</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">brewer_mk@mercer.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">LEAVING THE ABYSS: A PHENOMENOLOGICAL STUDY OF WOMEN RECOVERING FROM ALCOHOLISM&lt;P&gt; The purpose of this Phenomenological study was to describe women's experiences of recovery from alcoholism and to identify the contextual factors that foster or hinder their recovery processes. Criteria for participation were: women self-identifying as recovering from alcoholism; aged 25 years and older; able to converse in English; and abstinent from alcohol use for a minimum of two consecutive years. Eleven women (7 Caucasians, 3 African-Americans, 1 Native-American Indian, 8 heterosexuals, and 3 lesbians) were recruited through purposive sampling from the self help groups of Alcoholics Anonymous and Seculars for Sobriety. Data were collected through individual interviews which were tape-recorded and lasted about 45 minutes. The interviews were transcribed verbatim and analyzed using the constant comparative method. The women ranged in age from 32 to 76 years old and had been in recovery from 2 to 37 years. Ten of the women were employed and one woman was retired. Analyzed data revealed the emergence of the following themes and subthemes: Living in the Abyss (subthemes of Hitting Bottom, Experiencing an Epiphany, Accepting the Disease of Alcoholism); Leaving the Abyss (subthemes of Making a Commitment to Recovery, Struggling to Maintain Sobriety, Dealing with Stigmatization); Maintaining Recovery (subthemes of Working a Program of Recovery, Recognizing Triggers to Relapse), and Living a New Life (subthemes of Experiencing Inner Peace, Believing in Self). Knowledge from this study may be used to inform nurse clinicians, nurse educators, and nurses involved in public policy decisions about the experiences of recovery for alcoholic women. In addition, women in recovery may be able to use the information to help them in their recovery process. &lt;!--Abstract 12671 modified by 207.69.171.159 on 9-17-2002--&gt;&lt;/P&gt;</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T10:48:03Z-
dc.date.issued2003-07-10en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T10:48:03Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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